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CACHE Level 1 Award in Caring for Children

Course Code: CACHE005
Course Level: 1

Course Overview

Kick-start you career with working with children, from home!

CACHE (The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) qualifications specialise in the care and education sector and are the leading industry specialists. This course has been developed by experts, which ensures everything that employers need is covered.   

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in caring for children, this Level 1 CACHE course is ideal for:

  • Students who want to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in Caring for Children
  • Want to go onto further vocational training and placement opportunities
  • Those aspiring to achieve a career in a day care centre, nursery or pre-school child care setting.

The CACHE Level 1 Award in Caring for Children course enables you to:

  • Gain an understanding of the skills required to care for young children, from birth up to the age of 6 years
  • Develop your knowledge of children’s growth and development and gain an appreciation of the wider context in which child care practitioners work 
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification to kick-start your career

Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Growth and development of young children

    (F/601/3408, Unit Level: 2, GLH: 18 hours; Credits: 2)

    • Patterns and stages of growth for children from birth to 5 years 11 months
    • Factors which influence growth and development from birth to 5 years 11 months
    • Importance of diet and exercise for children’s growth and development
    • Activities which promote children’s physical development
    • Ways to help children to develop communication and language skills
    • Ways to encourage children to play socially
    Unit 2: Practical health and safety when with young children

    (H/602/2389, Unit Level: 1, GLH: 27 hours; Credits: 3)

    • Health and safety guidance, symbols or instructions on young children’s equipment and toys
    • Health and safety instructions on cleaning materials which may be found in a house
    • Health and safety rules, guidelines or instructions when taking children out into the street and to the park
    • Potential hazards to young children in the home
    • Safety features to ensure young children stay safe in the home
    • Safety equipment or controls which help to keep young children safe when going out for a walk, when in a car and when in a children’s playground
    • Fire safety equipment that is recommended to be in a house
    • Possible fire hazards to young children and adults in a house
    • Own actions to maintain a young child’s safety if there was fire in the house
  • Unit 3: Respecting and valuing children

    (M/601/0116, Unit Level: 1, GLH: 18 hours; Credits: 2)

    • Ways to value children as individuals
    • Reasons why children need to be respected as individuals
    • Ways to communicate with children to ensure that they feel valued
    • Behaviour that shows respect and value of children
    • Organisations that promote the rights of children
    Unit 4: Understanding learning and development through play

    (A/504/0211, Unit Level: 1, GLH: 27 hours; Credits: 3)

    • Features of a setting that contribute to a positive learning environment
    • How these features might help children to learn through the use of play activities and strategies
    • Ways in which play can help children’s learning in developmental areas
    • Example of stereotyping in play
    • How a given set of materials, resources or activities can challenge stereotyping and discrimination

Other Information

  • Assessment

    This course is assessed by a series of assignments which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required, so you can complete all assessed work from home.

    Course Duration

    This course will take approximately 80-90 hours to complete. Students will receive a full year to complete the course, which is a lot more time than you will need. This allows you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines.

  • Study Method

    You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or emailed to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

    Course Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the course you will achieve a CACHE Level 1 Award in Caring for Children. This is a nationally recognised qualification in accordance with the QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The qualification reference number for this award is 500/9010/0.

    This Award is worth 10 credits, which means it will count as 10 credits towards the Level 1 Certificate (36 credits) and Diploma (37 credits) in Caring for Children if you wish to progress further.

    CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and is a leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the children and adult care and education sectors.

course questions & answers

What are the requirements needed to enrol onto this course?

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification; however you must be at least 14 years of age.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of the course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet
  • * Not included with the online study option
Do I need to be working in a care role to enrol onto this course?

You do not need to be working to enrol onto this course as this is a knowledge only qualification.

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your Level 1 Award in Caring for Children certification.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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    "This course is great"

    - Suzanne Linskaill, Edinburgh

    The level 1 award in caring for children is excellent. It's a hard course to achieve a qualification in, but this course is great. 

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